Travel Journal, Day 5: From Everett, Washington To Grants Pass, Oregon

June 5, 2019

Gosh, we all were sore from walking around in Seattle. Kevin and I decided, we would take it easy that Wednesday. David and his wife had lunch plans with us. So, we made our way back down to Vancouver. After lunch, David and Karen did show us a little bit of Vancouver along the northern shore of the Columbia River. Walking around felt good, since we needed to get the soreness out of our bodies, anyway. Later that day, we still had a long “hike” to get to Grants Pass in Oregon. That night, we had a room with a king-sized bed. I didn’t sleep so well, since I left home. We all needed that rest.

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Travel Journal, Day 4 (Part VI): The Seattle Aquarium (CityPASS)

June 4, 2019

The Seattle Aquarium is only a few piers north from the Argosy Cruises. Kevin and I decided, we would go to the aquarium first, because it closes at 5 pm. And then we would have dinner at Ivar’s. At the Seattle Aquarium, we saw a lot of cool sea critters. Most of their families live either right in the Elliot Bay, Puget Sound or in the Northwestern Pacific. Of course, there were also some species from Hawai’i and across the ocean all the way down to Great Barrier Reef. But mainly we learned quite a few facts about the sea creatures close by. First we wanted to the feeding of a Great Pacific Octopus. But our girls rather had other ideas, and wanted to play with sea urchins, sea cucumbers. sea anemones, “Mr. Krabs”, some of “Patrick’s” family and a hermit crab at the “Life on the Edge” exhibit. The girls were so busy and fascinated touching and playing with spongy and stingy animals, they forgot almost about the rest of the aquarium.

The Seattle Aquarium has two big sections. One is with the fish tanks and sea critter interactions; and then there is the second part with the sea bird, sea mammals and the Underwater Dome. This was my first experience, with fish and mammals swimming above my head. At the harbor seal tank, I would hold my hand against the glass. And the harbor seal came as close to me as it could in the water. The sea otters snoozed until it was dinner time for them at 5 pm. The entrance of the aquarium closes at that time. But there is still plenty of time for the visitors to watch the feeding of the otters, and look around for a little bit. It is encouraged slowly making the way to the exit.

Once, Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I made our way to the sidewalk at the Waterfront, we got hungry. Our dentist’s receptionist gave me a tip at our last cleaning visit. Since she lived in Seattle, she was telling me about all the little side places. Oh boy, I definitely have to go back to Seattle …. Anyway, she mentioned Ivar’s at Pier 54. Since Katelynn and I love seafood, we had to go there. Even Kevin ordered a dish with shrimp. Sara was more satisfied with having a burger. The “Acres of Clams” was huge and so good. We had berry lemonade with our food. While we ate, we watched the seagulls fighting over some fresh caught fish between two piers. Darn “sea rats” with wings! 😀

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“Acres of Clam” – Ivar’s at Pier 54

After dinner, we walked back to the monorail, rode to the Seattle Center to get to the parking garage. When we were in our motel in Everett, we weren’t quite ready to rest. So, we went to Denny’s next door. There we all had a milk shake and talked about the adventures we’ve had in Seattle. Katelynn and Sara talked about what they liked best. There are too many “liked best” moments to mention them all in this blog. But we made it possible to see all the CityPASS attractions hassle free in one day. If you being as a tourist with children in Seattle for the first time, I would always recommend the pass. We saved tons of money and we had a plan. Therefore we were not walking around clueless in the city. I know, next time I will get the CityPASS for New York City as well. But this will take longer than one day. 😉

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Travel Journal, Day 4 (Part V): Argosy Cruises -Harbor Cruise (CityPASS)

June 4, 2019

When Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I walked from the Pike Place Market to the Waterfront, we had to weave our way through some construction zones. The Alaskan Way Viaduct is in the middle of a demolition to make place for a much nicer street with a pedestrian bridge and to pretty up the Emerald City’s Waterfront. On a good note, when we finally made it to the Waterfront, we were standing right in front the Argosy Cruise at Pier 55. What a coincidence?! We just wanted to go there, and we were were lucky with the boat as well. Five minutes after our arrival, the vessel was setting for nice one-hour cruise around the Elliot Bay, where we had a nice panoramic view of the Seattle Skyline, Puget Sound, the shipping port, and the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges.

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Travel Journal, Day 4 (Part IV): Seattle’s Famous Pike Place Market

June 4, 2019

Next to the MoPOP is the Seattle Center Monorail Station. Kevin got round trip tickets, and we rode to the Westlake Station, where the Pike Place Market is only a few blocks away. Once, we arrived at the Public Market Center, I was fascinated from the fresh fruits, vegetables and all kinds of sea foods. At one corner we saw a crowd of people and heard  loud noises. When we came closer, we’ve noticed, it was the place, where they throw the fish over the counter. Pike Place Market/Pure Food Fish Market is famous for that “Fish Throw” all around the world. Kevin and I wanted to witness it. And we didn’t come short. One sales person shouted the order, and the rest of the crew repeated the order in sync several times. Nobody can say, they didn’t hear the order. People come from all over to buy fresh fish from Pure Food Fish Market. Katelynn wanted to throw a fish, too. I said, she needs to apply for a job at the fish market, then she can practice throwing fish, before she can go do it like the big guys behind those counters. “It’s hard work, throwing a good fish over the counter in a famous place”, I replied. We also looked at these small, nifty little stores on several floors, before we moved on to the Water Front. Card readings, Buddhist supplies, Pagan/Wiccan supplies, clothes, second hand books, .. just to name some of the stores, we’ve seen in a small area. Now, I wish we’ve stayed longer at the Pike Place Market. It’s a good reason to come back to Seattle.

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Travel Journal, Day 4 (Part III): The Museum of Pop Cuture – MoPOP (CityPASS)

June 4, 2019

After lunch our next stop was at the Museum of Pop Culture also called MoPOP, formerly EMP Museum. The Museum has a lot to offer. Tons of exhibits, instruments, recordings, etc. Katelynn and Sara spent some time in the Indie Game Revolution room, playing some older video games. In the meantime, I enjoyed photographing the Guitar Sculpture, which I also call “The Guitar Tornado”. It sure does look like a big instrumental tornado. It also includes other instruments, like keyboards, trumpets, clarinets, drums, …

Upstairs, Katelynn, Sara and I played some instruments. Wow, I had some serious fun playing drums to a Rolling Stone song. First the video did show me, how to play the drums, which made me play out rhythm a little bit. But once, I “played with the band”, it was fun. I guess, I had to hear all instruments coming together. It made it easier sticking with the rhythm .

But we’ve also visited some of the exhibits. it was very interesting to look at some original instruments, clothes, journals, and other items, Nirvana, Prince and Jimi Hendrix used in the recording studios and on tour. UGH! May they all rest in peace!

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Nirvana – Taking Punk to the Masses

The exhibition features instruments like Kurt Cobain’s Fender Stratocaster, Krist Novoselić’s Hiwatt DR103 bass amplifier head, and Dave Grohl’s Tama Rockstar-Pro drum kit. In addition, a diverse set of objects like the Cobain-created Fecal Matter shirt and the casting call flier for the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video will be on display.

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Prince From Minneapolis

From the very beginning of his career, Prince worked to create a unique and dynamic professional image. He reached out to photographers in Minneapolis to construct and disseminate what is now his legendarily theatrical image and identity. Four of those photographers—Allen Beaulieu, Nancy Bundt, Terry Gydesen, and Robert Whitman—are showcased in this exhibition. With nearly 50 artifacts, including 25 photos of Prince, 15 Prince-inspired artworks, a Prince guitar, and 2 outfits from the film Purple Rain, this comprehensive gallery allows guests to experience Prince’s unrivaled artistry at key moments in his career.

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Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966 – 1970

From his arrival in London to his untimely death on September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix was rarely in one place for more than a month. Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-1970 offers a contemplative look at the period of Hendrix’s life spent on the road as he catapulted to fame.

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame

Explore the lives and legacies of the genre’s greatest in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors science fiction and fantasy’s leading creators and most impactful creations.

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Texts of the exhibits are not from me, but from the official website: https://www.mopop.org/exhibitions-plus-events/

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Travel Journal, Day 4 (Part II): The Pacific Science Center (CityPASS)

June 4, 2019

Originally, I really wanted to go to the Chihuly Garden & Glass. But when I asked my family, which place we want to visit next, I’ve got outvoted. The Seattle CityPASS gives a choice: the Chihuly Garden & Glass or the Pacific Science Center. I had to agree, that the Science Center would be much more fun for the girls. What we didn’t know, the Seattle schools are not on Summer Break, yet. A lot of Elementary Schools use the warmer days for Field Trips. As soon as we entered the Courtyard, we heard a whole bunch of kids. We looked back. And sure enough, there was a “herd” of 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders entering the gates. I said: “Oh boy, this might be a short stay here in the Science Center! RUUUNNN!”

Entering the Building, Katelynn and Sara had so much fun touching, playing, exercising, etc. We didn’t go through the whole place. But the girls enjoyed running around in the buildings for over two hours, before we went to lunch. That got the excessive energy out of their system and made them hungry.

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Travel Journal, Day 3: From Vancouver To Everett, Washington

June 3, 2019

Monday morning, Kevin got a phone call from Southwest Airlines which stated that our luggage arrived safe and sound in the SeaTac airport. Knowing that, we decided we make a trip to Mount Saint Helen first. David posted a video about the Lower Lewis River Falls on Facebook in the previous week. And that caught my interest. The falls are just a little bit east of Mount Saint Helen, and can be done in one trip. The phone call ended about ten miles north of the exit on Interstate 5. Kevin and I made a spontaneous decision and back tracked to State Route 503. A little over 60 miles later, we made it to the entrance trail of the falls. It was about a 3-minute-hike, before we reached the overlook. Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I tried to find a way down to the river’s edge. But we didn’t want to chance rolling an angle in the middle of the Washington woods. Instead we hiked down the regular trail, to see some flora and fauna.

Here is a short video, I filmed of the gorgeous Lower Lewis River Falls. https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/48046148486/in/album-72157705230883495/

On our way back, we went to the Pine Creek Information Center. The lady informed us, where we would have a good view of Mount Saint Helen. And we were lucky. The National Forest Road 25 just got cleared from the last snow and opened on Friday.  There are several nice overlooks along NFD 25. A few motorcyclist were standing at one of the parking/viewing areas. One of them told the story about the exploding mountain, when he lived in this area 39 years ago. I overheard him saying, that the blast of the eruption broke his sister’s house windows and they could feel that hot shock wave. They were all lucky to be far enough away to survive it and tell the tales. We all gazed at the Mount Saint Helen and let the story sink in for a moment.

Soon, we’ve reached US 12 and drove back west to Interstate 5, where we were on our way to SeaTac. Picking up our bag was very smooth, and we could soon move on to our motel in Everett, north of Seattle. But first, we’ve got a good climbs of Seattle, before we had dinner and called it a day.

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Seattle, Washington

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